We currently have the Graco Snug Ride 35 which we love, because it has an extra base. However, my son is getting to long for it, so now we need to buy a new car seat. We want to keep him rear facing until 2 years old, because it's the safest and he's small in weight. Any suggestions on a convertible car seat? There is so many to choose from and different websites recommend different seats. We've looked at the Graco Smart Seat All-in-One because it has a base, but it's quite pricey and the reviews saw its heavy and bulky.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I have a Britax Boulevard. I used it rear facing for my daughter till she was about 18-20 months. Its a great car seat and I'll be getting another one for my son.
We understand your dilemma! We just went through the same process because our son is very long as well. We had the SnugRide 35 (loved it) and decided to buy the Britax Boulevard 70 after all of our research. It is expensive so we bought it while on sale. It can not be easily switched from car to car but it has very high safety ratings and that was our priority as well as rear facing until 2. It's very comfy for my son but one thing we've realized is that he can not see as much while in the seat. The sides are very high (for head protection) and he's not used to that. But again, we prefer safety first so we keep toys available to keep him entertained. He is getting used to his new and safe "ride." :) Good luck!!
We have 2 convertibles, the Britax Marathon 70 and a Sunshine Kids Radian XTSL (the company is called Diono?? now). My daughter has been in a convertible carseat since 9 months (came from a Chicco Keyfit30). She just enjoyed it more than her infant bucket seat. Are you planning on moving your carseats around? My daughter loves the Marathon but as Annie said it's very difficult to see around the sides. We moved the Radian into my car and now she loves it. I love it as well, I can see her and its easy for her to get in and out of on her own. It is a heavy car seat though but it does travel well as it folds flat to go into overhead storage :). Eloise is 22 months and 24 lbs and still rear facing and I don't plan on switching her to forward facing anytime soon.
Hope this helps.
we have the britax marathon 70 and the britax boulevard 70. personally i like the marathon better, the boulevard seems less comfortable for my girls and their view is more obstructed but i'm ok with the fact that the obstruction is from extra protection. i confess we bought 4 seats, 2 for each car because we got tired of moving them around. nothing beats moving that infant seat between bases in different cars. i wish it were that easy for convertible seats too :). just a tip too - some seats are easier to clean than others, with covers that come off easier; as the kids got older, the seats got messier; the cover comes off on the boulevard easier than other seats. look for one that you can clean easily. you will love not having to uninstall and reinstall it when it's time to get rid of the crackers/sticky food/whatever else is stuck in the seat. good luck!
I too recommend the Britax Boulevard 70. So easy to clean! My 1 year old threw up on it a couple weeks ago and it came clean, doesn't even look like he threw up on it. We considered other seats and looked at so many reviews but when it came down to safety, comfort, durability, this car seat beat all the others...
We have a Britax Marathon and love it. It's not as easy to move as an infant seat, but if your car is 2003 or newer, it should have the latch system, and so all you have to do is clip the seat in and then tighten the sides. It takes probably three minutes?
Another vote for the Britax Marathon seat. We love it! I thought the extra padding on the Boulevard made it too bulky. The Roundabout is also a good seat if you want something a bit smaller or plan to travel a lot, but your baby will definitely outgrow it faster. The Marathon will be big enough until he's ready for a booster. Between my car, my husband's car, and the two sets of grandparents, we have had a lot of car seats! Britax has always been our favorite.
We bought a Recaro for my daughter. I wouldn't say she is tall, but she has always been in the 90th percentile-heightwise.I think she is really comfortable in the seat. Also, I think the seat holds up really well. I have a friend who uses it for her 4 year old, and the seat doesn't look worn out at all,considering she switched to it when he was 1.
Thanks everyone for your responses! Between reviews and all of your comments...Britax Marathon is the winner! We only bought the one car seat for now. We'll see if we end up buying one for the other car later.